Once a separate village surrounded by farmlands, Les Corts was incorporated into Barcelona city in 1867.
Located to the north of Sants, the district comprises three distinct zones: the residential area round the historic Plaa del Carme, the university and the Pedralbes area, and the Camp Nou Stadium, home to El Bara, Barcelonas famous football club.
Around the Plaa Del Carme, modern and traditional architectural styles blend harmoniously this respectable and comfortably-off area has modern apartment blocks, hotels and shopping centres built around the 150-year-old centre of Les Corts village.
The zone is well served by buses and has a tram and underground line as well, both of which run along the Avenida Diagonal where one of Catalonias largest universities, the University of Barcelona, has located many of its campuses. Just north of the university is the exclusive Pedralbes residential district with its luxury apartments and Moderniste mansions.
The royal palace of Pedralbes, set in a beautiful park is one of this areas landmarks, as is the nearby 14th century monastery of Pedralbes, home to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. However the average Barcelona resident associates Les Corts with the stadium. Built in the 1950s, Camp Nou Stadium on Avenida Aristides Maillol is the 3rd largest in the world and has a capacity of 98,000 nonetheless it is still almost impossible to get a ticket when El Bara are playing.
Next to the stadium, the Museum of Football houses the glorious history of the Barcelona Futbol Club.
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Les Corts area
Les Corts, Barcelona, Spain